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Ombudsman raises concerns on Banking Code of Practice changes

- December 18, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has raised concerns with proposed changes to the Banking Code of Practice set to go into effect in March 2020, suggesting some changes are unfair to small business owners, leaving them unprotected. “The ABA claims it has implemented the Royal Commission recommendations but it has… Read more »

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MYEFO spreads Christmas cheer to small businesses

- December 16, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the mid-year budget update, saying it contains some welcome gifts for small businesses. “It’s encouraging to see the federal government has allocated funds to establish the national payment times reporting framework,” Ms Carnell says. “The framework will require large businesses to publish information… Read more »

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Government slashes NDIS provider redtape

- December 11, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Speech pathologists, occupational therapist and assistive therapists will soon face less red tape when registering to provide services to clients as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The federal government has announced it will simplify the NDIS provider registration and audit process removing much of the regulatory burden faced by these small business… Read more »

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My Business Health to help businesses with pain points

- December 10, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) has launched a new site, My Business Health, aimed at improving the wellbeing of Australia’s small business owners. The My Business Health, site has been designed to provide holistic support to small business owners. It offers practical tips and information to assist small businesses with everyday issues.… Read more »

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Collective bargaining agreement could cut independent grocers a break

- December 5, 2019 1 MIN READ

A planned collective bargaining agreement for the nations small grocers could prove a gamechanger according to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. The ombudsman has come out in support of a proposal by the Co-Operative of Supermarkets in Australia who have called for the option to participate in collective bargaining to… Read more »

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Business Growth Fund to back high growth small businesses

- November 28, 2019 2 MIN READ

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the government and major banks will be backing local business owners, with the establishment of an Australian Business Growth Fund. The government, ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac will each commit $100 million to the fund, while HSBC will contribute $20 million. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO)… Read more »

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Ombudsman welcomes government’s deregulation agenda

- November 21, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has welcomed the federal government’s plans to reform the red tape currently inhibiting small business growth. “The next wave of deregulation reform, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is a step in the right direction to make it easier for small businesses to employ staff… Read more »

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Small businesses want more from training programs

- October 31, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Small business owners are increasingly dissatisfied by the vocational training offered by existing service providers according to a recent report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The report’s findings have prompted the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell to suggest the vocational and education training (VET) system is out of… Read more »

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Advisory boards a small business’s best kept secret to success

- October 17, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has suggested advisory boards can play a key role in small business success – providing much-needed advice and guidance to business owners. Speaking at the Global Thought Leadership Summit in Melbourne today, Carnell said 74 per cent of businesses that use advisory boards want assistance… Read more »

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The news you need to know: October 11 2019

- October 10, 2019 2 MIN READ

Have you missed today’s headlines? Never fear. Catch up on the news that matters to small business owners with our daily news briefs. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, October 11, 2019. Small business ombudsman launches insolvency inquiry The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has announced an inquiry into… Read more »

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The news you need to know: Wednesday September 18, 2019

- September 17, 2019 2 MIN READ

Skipped today’s headlines? Never fear we’ve got the lowdown on the news small business owners need to know on Wednesday, September 18 2019. Culture a problem for Australian businesses Australia’s business leaders have no idea about company culture according to a new report by the Australian HR Institute (AHRI). The ‘5 Hard Truths About Workplace… Read more »